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Korean Filmmakers Fight Quota Cutbacks

by Anthony Kaufman
February 8, 2006 11:38 AM
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Hollywood product dominates the world; recent reports estimate that 85% of global ticket sales come from U.S.-made movies, whereas only one percent of movies shown in the U.S. come from the rest of the world. Healing this disparity in some countries are quota systems that help homegrown films stay on screens. But Hollywood -- in its typically imperialist fashion -- recently forced the blossoming Korean industry to cut in half the amount of time that theaters must show Korean-made movies.

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, "the U.S. pushed for the reduction in quotas as a condition to starting free-trade talks."

"We wonder why we have to sacrifice movies for the exports business," Park Seung Bai, a director of photography, told a crowd of protestors, according to the Journal article.

It's just one more way that the U.S.A. forces the hand of smaller countries in order to further its economic domination of the planet. It reminds me of the Sundance documentary about free-trade coffee "Black Gold" where a U.S. trade representative at the WTO talks about the country's insistence on "opening up" other markets, no matter the continued crippling cost to people's way of life in developing nations.

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